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5 Women That Could Have Hosted the 2019 Oscars

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With the 2019 Oscars just a little over a month away, it was announced that the show will go on without a host. Kevin Hart was originally appointed to host this year’s telecast. However, after old tweets from the comedian resurfaced, which were explicitly homophobic in nature, Hart decided to step down from his hosting duties. He explained on Twitter that he “did not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past”. Fellow comedian, Ellen DeGeneres revealed on her show during an interview with Hart about the controversy that she pleaded to the Academy to rehire Hart as host of the award show because she felt that he has “grown and apologized and has apologized again.” Ultimately, however, Hart stuck to his initial decision and not host the show. This prompted the Academy to announce that the show will not have a host, and instead, will feature high profile names to announce and present each category.

If Kevin Hart had gone through with hosting the Oscars, it would have been the fifth year in a row that a man has hosted. The last time a woman was named host was back in 2014 when Ellen DeGeneres was given the honor. In a time when the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements are flourishing in our society, and rightfully so, it is rather peculiar that the Academy did not think to designate a woman as host of the show. Unfortunately, it is not happening this year. However, here is a list of 5 powerful women that could have hosted the 2019 Oscars. Hey, there’s always next year!

 

Wanda Sykes

Can anybody think of a better apology to the LGBT community than to have another openly gay comedian, Wanda Sykes, host the 2019 Oscars? She’s lovable, funny, and would have brought something different to the Oscars than what we have seen before. Maybe one day, Wanda will have the honor.

 

Tracee Ellis Ross

Black-ish star, Tracee Ellis Ross has no shortage of hosting experience. This daughter of a musical legend has hosted several music award shows, among others. She is also beloved, hilarious and relatable to so many. She would have been an amazing host!

 

Maya Rudolph

When you think of Saturday Night Live, you can’t help but think of Maya Rudolph. Also the daughter of a music icon, Rudolph made viewers laugh for seven years on SNL, with her many famous impersonations such as Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, and Beyonce. Like Ross and Sykes, there is not a bad thing to say about Maya Rudolph. She would have made an excellent host for the 2019 Oscars.

 

Leslie Jones

Following in the footsteps of Maya Rudolph, Leslie Jones has been a standout on Saturday Night Live since 2014. She is also known for her impersonation of Oprah Winfrey, in addition to Whoopi Goldberg and Omarosa. In 2016, following the release of Ghostbusters, Jones became the target of Twitter users making racially charged attacks. This forced her to leave social media. Not long after, she was targeted again after several private photos were released on her personal website, which had been hacked. After these two unfortunate incidents, she gained an overwhelming amount of support from her Hollywood peers, as well as fans alike. Hosting the 2019 Oscars would have been a big “F U” to her attackers and haters.

 

Whoopi Goldberg

On the December 11, 2018 episode of The View, Whoopi Goldberg seemed to offer her services to host the 2019 Oscars. “I realize I may not be anybody’s first choice. But…” Whoopi has hosted the Oscars four times in the past: 1993, 1995, 1998, and 2001, and she never disappointed! She has the experience, she’s a legend, she’s honest, and she genuinely loves the movies. How about a fifth time, Whoopi?

The 2019 Oscars will air on February 24 on ABC.

 

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How Netflix’s Bird Box Became A Holiday Hit

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When you think about Christmas movies, a film about a mysterious creature on a killing spree shouldn’t be the first that comes to mind. But yet, that’s the exact film that people spent their Christmas holiday watching, thanks to Netflix and Sandra Bullock! Here’s how Bird Box became the official Christmas movie of 2018!

Bird Box premiered on Netflix on December 21st. It’s no surprise that many people off from work stumbled upon this film while looking to unwind and jumpstart their vacations. By Christmas day, if you happened to scroll through social media it seems as though everyone was simultaneously watching Bird Box and posting about it. The release of Bird Box was ideal timing. Within seven days of its release, Netflix announced that 45 million people streamed the film during the holiday week. It quickly became the most successful film Netflix has launched. Every successful film needs an eager audience and Netflix’s audience was already indoors looking for some entertainment. Whether you were extremely bored or excited to watch anything with your family, Bird Box became Netflix’s Christmas gift to you!

One simply cannot talk about Bird Box without mentioning the memes that took over social media after it’s release. Almost overnight, you could not scroll through Instagram, Twitter or Facebook without a meme referencing it. And if you didn’t catch Bird Box by the time the first wave of memes hit (like me!) you definitely put it on your to-do list after seeing them.

Combined, the ideal timing and memes had us flocking to press play. But there was one more component that worked in Netflix’s favor: The FOMO. The “Fear Of Missing Out” drove us all too quickly to watch the film during our holiday break. We wanted to: A) be able to laugh at the memes along with everyone else and B) join the world in posting our own thoughts about the film. The era of social media and the new unorthodox way of watching films online make it effortless for us to insert ourselves into the conversations about “what’s trending?” in one simple click.

 

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Kevin Hart Fan Gets Suspended After Snapping a Selfie

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How far is too far to catch a picture of or even a selfie with your favorite celebrity?
Well, one bus driver took her chance to bask in the moment with her favorite comedian and the Kevin Hart fan gets suspended after snapping a selfie while on the clock.
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During her rounds for National Rental Cars in Los Angeles, Ganesha Douglas, stopped her bus when she spotted comedian Kevin Hart. Starstruck, Douglas got out and managed to snap a selfie with Hart, apologized to her passengers and went on about her way.
Seems harmless? Well, National Rental Cars was less than thrilled about the actions of the driver and Douglas tells Inside Edition that she’s been “suspended indefinitely, without pay” and her union rep says “she will probably be fired.”
Was the selfie worth it? When asked if she regretted the incident she replied, “Now, I do.”
Hart is known for continuously showing love to his fans on his social media sites and interacting with them and when this story broke he did not shy away in the shadows. Hart took to social media and posted a video asking National Rental Cars to “give [Douglas] a pass” because, in his words, “If I would have seen me, I would have taken a selfie with me too,” and begs them “to have some compassion.”

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Whatever happens now is in the hands of the company, but does Douglas deserve to lose her job for the incident or are the repercussions for her actions too harsh?
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Iggy Azalea’s Husband Wants a Divorce

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First things first, I’m— wait, she’s married?
It’s a surprise to everyone that Iggy Azalea’s Husband wants a divorce, but it’s safer to say it’s an even bigger surprise because no one got the memo that the rapping Australian bombshell was even married— not even Azalea herself! Main reason being her highly publicized relationship with basketball player, Nick Young, for the past year.
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It’s not cheating if she’s denying she was ever married, right?


According to TMZ Azalea’s ex, Maurice Williams aka Hefe Wine, claims that the pair were in a common law marriage and “”agreed to be married, holding themselves out as man and wife and began residing together in the State of Texas on or around September, 2008.”
When TMZ catches up with Azalea in the airport, she makes it clear that this incident is a complete sham. She even took to Twitter with a mini rant to set the record straight:


It’s clear Azalea wants nothing to do with her ex and just wants to concentrate on her current relationship and her music.


Case Closed.
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Tracy Morgan In Critical Condition After Multi-Vehicle Crash

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Comedian Tracy Morgan is in critical condition  after a tragic multi-vehicle crash caused by truck driver Kevin Roper. The crash also resulted in the death of comedian James McNair, and a new development revealed that Roper shouldn’t have been on the road at all. The 35-year-old truck driver caused the tragic wreck by operating a vehicle “without having slept for a period in excess of 24 hours.” Roper, who is currently free on $50,000 bail, is expected to appear in a New Jersey courtroom Monday to face charges of vehicular homicide, assault and reckless driving. (E News)
Although Morgan remains in critical condition, his rep says that the former 30 Rock star has been “been more responsive today, which is an incredibly encouraging sign.” Morgan sustained multiple injuries including a broken leg, a broken femur, a broken nose and several broken ribs. He is expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks. Morgan who is a father of four, has an excellent support system and is under the best care at Wood Johnson Hospital, his rep said. Fellow comics, countless celebrities, and fans have  offered messages of support, prayers, and lots of love via social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Tracy Morgan in critical condition after multi-vehicle crash, and I wish him a very speedy recovery. Life is so unexpected, full of ups and downs. It is important to cherish those in our lives and let them know how much they mean to us on a regular basis. I’ll be keeping Tracy Morgan and the whole Morgan family in my prayers.

JWoww Blasts TMZ Over Hurtful Joke Article

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TMZ posted a joke article yesterday titled “Lil Kim Wowwing NYC With Her Baby Bump”, that featured a pregnant JWoww out and about in NYC.
The article reads “Looking like she just spent the weekend getting her GTL on, Lil Kim walked the streets of New York today sporting the latest in guidette style…which is an odd look for the 39-year-old rapper,” (TMZ) The joke article which was obviously mocking the Jersey Shore star, and comparing her to Lil Kim who is also pregnant, was definitely not taken lightly. Hours after the story posted, JWoww took to Twitter to blast TMZ for their insensitivity with a shocking statement and a photo of herself flipping the bird.
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JWoww’s Twitter post read “@TMZ for making fun of someone 8 months pregnant and her makeup! Keep sucking that d–k on the street corner,”. Whoa! Talk about a woman scorned. JWoww’s BFF Snooki supported her by retweeting her photo and choice words to her own 6.9 million Twitter followers.
I guess JWoww felt that she may have taken it a bit too far because minutes later she posted a sort of apology via Instagram, apologizing to any of her fans who were offended, but made sure to add “Kiss my ass tmz and every other hater.”
JWoww blasts TMZ over hurtful joke article, and I feel she had every right to do so. TMZ went for the jugular by coming for a hormonal pregnant woman. They obviously messed with the wrong one. I think JWoww’s response to the article was more than appropriate, and TMZ deserved every bit of her anger. It’s hard enough to be yourself without people constantly criticizing your every move. Way to go JWoww!

The Keke Palmer Project

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I’ll be the first to say that I am an ultimate social networking junkie, and I love to stay up to date on all my favorite celebrities via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Today while scrolling down my timeline on Instagram, I ran across a post from one of my faves, Ms. Keke Palmer. She announced that she will be the host of a new talk show set to air on BET in July, called “The Keke Palmer Project”.
The show will cover  topics including fashion, pop culture, social issues, sex, celebrity interviews, as well as on-the-street and undercover segments. Produced by Warner Bros. Television’s syndication division Telepictures, Judge Greg Mathis is on board as an executive producer for the new series via his Mathis Productions banner. The series will air Monday – Friday in the afternoon for a four-week trial, and will join three other talk shows at BET: The Wendy Williams Show, The Queen Latifah Show, and The Real (which debuts in the fall). (Hollywood Reporter)
This was such exciting news to me because I am a huge Keke Palmer fan, and she is so connected with her fans via social media. This talk show will just create a bigger outlet and opportunity for her to continue to do so. With this new series, Keke Palmer becomes the youngest talk show host in history! I’m so excited to see what she brings to daytime television, and wish her nothing but the best of luck.
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Big Sean & Naya Rivera Call Off Their Engagement

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There is apparently some trouble in paradise for rapper Big Sean and his triple threat fiance Naya Rivera. The fabulous couple got engaged in October and all seemed to be going extremely well for the two love birds, but according to new reports, Big Sean & Naya Rivera call off their engagement and may be looking at a not so fairy-tale ending. Rumors have began circulating that the “Glee” actress took to twitter where she accused her former lover of stealing expensive jewelry she owned. Naya allegedly wrote:
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But according to a statement by E!, a rep for Big Sean confirms the split and said:
“After careful thought and much consideration, Sean has made the difficult decision to call the wedding off,” the recent rumors and accusations reported by so-called or fake sources are simply untrue.”
The rep not only denies the recent accusations, but insists that they are not what caused the breakup. In fact TMZ reported:
Sean’s rep announced today that Sean had called off their engagement and wedding … but insisted “recent rumors and accusations” had nothing to do with the breakup — a reference to reports claiming he cheated.
Sources close to the couple tell TMZ … the cheating rumors are 100% false and that Sean actually made the decision to call off the wedding weeks ago. We’re told he thought Naya was too controlling and too jealous of the women he worked with and met on tour.
The news of the breakup is very shocking since the couple seemed to be so in love, and had only been engaged for 6 months! Breakups can be messy and whether or not the rumors are true or false I’m sure both parties are having a rough time dealing with the split. Wishing Naya Rivera and Big Sean nothing but the best as they move on with their careers and personal lives. Maybe there is hope for reconciliation in the near future.
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Ed Sheeran Serenades Teenage Fan Battling Cystic Fibrosis

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Singer Ed Sheeran serenades teenage fan battling cystic fibrosis. Triona Priestly had been battling cystic fibrosis since childhood and her final wish was to be serenaded by her favorite singer Ed Sheeran. When Triona’s health took a dramatic turn early last week, her family and friends logged on to Twitter and posted tweets directed at Sheeran with the hashtag #SongForTri. By Sunday night the hashtag was trending on Twitter, with thousands of users trying to contact the singer. The Twitter campaign #SongForTri became so popular that Sheeran’s management contacted Priestley’s friend Lucy Hanlon to arrange a call between the girl and her idol.
According to Daily Mail“Ed rang Triona and personally sang “Little Bird” to her as she took her last breaths,” Hanlon wrote on Facebook, “Triona left us listening to her idol surrounded by all the people who loved her. People’s respect is incredible. We would like to thank everyone.” After a long hard fight with her illness, the 15 year old Dublin teen passed away on Sunday in the company of the people who loved her most following the serenade. Shortly after Sheeran heard the news of Triona’s passing, he tweeted: “Rest in peace Triona, so heartbreaking x”.
This story truly touched my heart, and it showed me how amazingly powerful social networking really is. It is good to know that media icons such as Ed Sheeran really care about their fans. R.I.P. Triona Priestley.
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The Prelude

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Kimberly Cole knew she wanted to do music when she was just four years old. Her first single, “Smack You,” broke the Billboard’s Dance Charts top four. Now, she has released two recent singles, and fans can expect her upcoming EP, The Prelude, very soon. Combining both music and fashion, Kimberly is one to watch out for. Below, we discuss influences, Twitter, and who she wants to work with in the future.

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Cliché: How did you come up with the title for your EP?

Kimberly Cole: The Prelude for me is about being real. It comes from a place of honesty and it’s for the fans that have come along with me on my journey so far. I’m taking it back to the beginning

Who are some of your influences?

I love the emotional realness of Adele mixed with Gwen in her No Doubt days. I am heavily influenced by EDM as well as Bob Marley!

You’re also the host of the YouTube series, FM. How did you get started there?

I love how fashion and music go hand in hand and how they both heavily influence one another! FM is the perfect mixture of my two favorite things, fashion and music, so we created a show that delves into the lifestyle of the musicians that set the trends.

When did you know you wanted to pursue music?

Since I was four, singing and dancing loudly and annoyingly everywhere… ALWAYS!

As far as writing goes, do you usually collaborate or write songs on your own?

It’s always a mixture of both! Some of my best songs have been written alone as well as with others.

You’ve played with many big name artists, but if you could choose any other artist you could tour with, who would it be?

Drake.

What can fans expect for 2014?

New music… new shows… a new me.
 
You can find Kimberly on Twitter @KimberlyCole1
 
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What’s Your Favorite Social Network?

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When Instagram first became popular I thought, “Not another social network, this is getting ridiculous.” Later, I did my homework, joined the site and realized that Instagram is both entertaining and a great way to promote businesses.

If you compare Facebook and Twitter with Instagram, you may find that they share many of the same similarities. Pictures, videos and a chance to share your thoughts with the world all sum up the features within these social networks. I am a member of all three networks but if I had to choose, Instagram would have to be my favorite of all. What I love about Instagram is the fact that it is updated on a consistent basis.

With Instagram you have a timeline that never stops. Pictures get uploaded every second of the day, so there is always something different to see. Many businesses and promoters rely on Instagram because of its popularity and immediacy. When you post a picture or a flyer for a business, your followers can immediately see because it will upload on their timeline.

Most celebrities are hooked on Instagram, which gives fans another reason to join the movement. When celebrities upload photos, the world is able to get a close up of their lives and whereabouts. The video feature was recently added to Instagram, so you can view videos and pictures all in one network. How cool is that! Facebook has features with videos and pictures, but individuals tend to join the new and the popular. Instagram has become that and more! Celebrities from Justin Bieber, Rihanna, to Taylor Swift all have an Instagram with Millions of followers. They post videos on a daily basis, so audiences get a chance to look at them constantly.

Personally, I love Instagram.  What is your favorite social network?